(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee House has its first Republican speaker in 40 years, but the lawmaker who won did it without the support of the GOP.
Rep. Kent Williams of Elizabethton was elected speaker on a vote of 50-49 on Tuesday by getting the votes of every Democrat plus his own.
Williams upset Rep. Jason Mumpower of Bristol, who got all the other GOP votes.
Williams is a moderate, and apparently he was tired of his party running ever further to the right. Not surprisingly, the GOP kicked him out of their caucus. Who says politics is boring?